Drink-driver who crashed car into brook fined £2.5K

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A 23-YEAR-OLD man who crashed his car into a brook near Vallée des Vaux on Boxing Day has pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without a valid licence.

The Magistrate’s Court heard on Thursday that Mario Parvanov had already pleaded guilty to driving without insurance or a valid licence seven weeks earlier.

Advocate Sophie Lister, prosecuting, told the court that Parvanov had been stopped by the police in Mulcaster Street as he was heading towards Pier Road in the early hours of 6 November.

His car was uninsured and he did not have a Jersey driving licence.

Then on Boxing Day a member of the public called the police when Parvanov crashed into the brook. A breath test showed an alcohol level of 40 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, just above the legal limit of 35. He still did not possess a Jersey licence.

‘He said he has slipped on a corner,’ she said. ‘His car was 500 metres north of where he was arrested.’

Advocate Allana Binnie, defending, said: ‘My client did have a Bulgarian driving licence. He initially did not realise he needed a Jersey one.’

She added: ‘He had recently lost his mother. His focus was not on changing his licence.’

Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris imposed fines of £1,000 for driving without insurance and £200 for driving without a Jersey licence on 6 November.

He also fined Parvanov £1,000 for drink-driving and £300 for having no valid licence on Boxing Day – making a total fine of £2,500.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and must take a Jersey driving test before he is allowed to drive again.

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